Oklahoma leaders say satanic monument at state Capital unlikely, seek to ease public concern

  • Article by: SEAN MURPHY , Associated Press
  • Updated: December 10, 2013 - 1:01 AM

OKLAHOMA CITY — Legislative leaders in Oklahoma sought to ease public concern Monday over a plan by a group of satanists to erect a monument at the state Capitol.

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arspartzDec. 9, 13 6:29 PM

What CONSTITUTIONAL grounds do they have to say "No"?

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lemursDec. 9, 13 6:32 PM

Of course it's not going to be approved. Then the Okla. legislative leaders will be sued and have to explain to a judge why a monument for one religion is acceptable why a monument for another isn't. Shortly after that, their 10 commandments monument will be removed.

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getcrazyDec. 9, 13 9:35 PM

At Big Truck Tacos, a restaurant about a mile from the Capitol, 26-year-old Matthew Burrell questioned what the satanists had done to deserve a monument. "Monuments are built in response to something great being done," Burrell said. "What have satanists given to society that actually benefits the city or the state?"---In this same paper today there are lists of people who have molested children that are leaders of the the same church that promotes the ten commandments. I'm not religious at all but if the Christians hide child molesters, go on Crusades and burn women and children to death, murder native peoples by the millions, promote hatred against gays and stifle women then I may be better off with the satanists.

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RankenFyleDec. 10, 13 7:10 AM

Another shortsighted move by a myopic body of elected officials.

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ericgus55Dec. 10, 13 8:57 AM

If ANY religious expression (a monument in this case) is allowed, then ALL religious expression must be allowed. If one monument is allowed (especially if it's funded) by the state and another is not, we are into the area of 'establishment,' which is specifically prohibited by the US Constitution. Judging the validity of religions cannot be the role of the government, and respective popularity ('there are lots of Christians and very few Satanists') cannot be a factor, either. This sounds very much like a checkmate move by the Satanist group - either their monument must be allowed or the Ten Commandments must be removed.

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rschildkDec. 10, 13 9:30 AM

The line: "Hoisted upon their own Petards." comes to mind. And: "Be careful what you wish for." There is a reason the statue of Justice carries both a balance, and a sword.

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roadtoruinDec. 10, 1310:08 AM

"I may be better off with the satanists."... Yeah, ritual abuse and the sacrifice of animals and humans is a REEEEALL improvement.

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texas_technomanDec. 10, 1310:15 AM

What ever happened to "separation of church and state"?

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roadtoruinDec. 10, 1310:18 AM

"go on Crusades and burn women and children to death, murder native peoples by the millions"... Real relevent observations. How many centuries back did this happen???? The truth is Christianity is responsible for the majority of the charitable organizations that benefit less fortunate people all over the world.

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luzhishenDec. 10, 1310:20 AM

Yeah, ritual abuse and the sacrifice of animals and humans is a REEEEALL improvement. - throw in symbolic versions of both and you eliminate about 85% of all religions. Go drink some blood and eat some flesh next Sunday.

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